Art student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty, but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent? Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.
Facially disfigured four-year-old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world. But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too. A chance encounter changes everything and Cal becomes Diana’s muse. But as Diana’s reputation develops and Cal grows up, their relationship implodes.
Both struggle to be accepted for what lies within.
Is it possible to find acceptance in a society where what's on the outside counts for so much?
Title: Skin Deep
Author: Laura Wilkinson
Published By: Accent Press
Publication Date: 15th June 2017
One of the best things about being a blogger is that I'm often asked to review books that I wouldn't necessarily have heard about or chosen for myself and I think that is broadening my horizons and daring me to dip into different genre's.
If I had to choose two words to describe Skin Deep I would say it was unique and intriguing.
I loved the style of writing, the descriptive prose was very impressive and painted clear pictures of the settings and the characters.
Diana is a student in a dingy place in Manchester, she shares her digs with her best friend Linda and a scruffy but lovable guy called Alan lives next door. They also meet another guy called Jim who is very handsome and both girls fancy him even though he is a bit of a rough diamond.
The atmosphere of the beginning of the book suggests a very seedy lifestyle with drugs involved and when at a party in a scruffy flat Diana meets a young boy who is terribly deformed and has been hidden away. Even though she is initially terrified of him, she eventually falls in love with him and wants to adopt him.
Diana is very beautiful but because of her relationship with her pushy mother who wanted her to be a model she rejects her beauty. The relationship she has with Cal becomes confusing in that she almost reflects how her mother treated her and the love becomes conditional.
I don't know if I liked Diana all that much at first because she was such a contradiction to herself. She loved Cal so much but eventually expected too much from him. She was selfless towards him but also selfish at the same time. I felt sorry for her partner as he wanted a baby but she wouldn't have one because of Cal.
It is one of the most interesting books I've read and I couldn't stop thinking about it all day and felt relieved to get back to it as I was desperate to know what happened. I found that I really cared about the characters and my heart goes out to Cal.
A unique and intriguing story that will capture your heart. Thanks to Accent press for the ARC which I have reviewed voluntarily.
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About the Author
Laura Wilkinson is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Redemption Song, Public Battles, Private Wars and The Family Line. She grew up in North Wales and now lives in Brighton with her family.